Seek out like-minded adults in the community. Identify other parents, scientists, and business leaders who are interested in implementing change and create an informal committee. Start with your school's local parent-teacher association. Form a study group to become better acquainted with the Standards and to compare them with your school's philosophy and program. Then meet periodically to discuss your goals and plans.

Involve like-minded teachers. Look for interested teachers in your school or nearby schools known for their excellence. Solicit their help in determining how to bring the new science program to your community. Most teachers will welcome your involvement, and they will be able to recommend exemplary curriculum programs. Support and reinforce the teachers that are using an inquiry approach in their classrooms; it probably is requiring an extra effort on their part.

Discuss your ideas with your school's principal. As a group, meet with your school's principal to share your ideas. Reach consensus about what direction the group should take. Then arrange to meet with the principal, school administrator, teacher on special assignment, or science coordinator who has responsibility for the district science program. The support of these administrators helps gain the support of higher level administrators, such as the assistant superintendent for instruction and the superintendent of the school district.

Talk to scientists and engineers. Scientists from local industries and universities as well as physicians in the community can help you convince the community and school administrators of the need to reform the school science education program. You might try inviting scientists to a meeting to discuss their role in the reform effort. If scientists also happen to have children in the school system, they will become even stronger advocates.



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